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Marlins 6, Dodgers 3

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MIAMI -- There was a mess on the field, and for a change it wasn't because of the way the Florida Marlins performed.

Countless silvery pompon strands blew onto the diamond Saturday on pompom giveaway night, but the Marlins emerged from the litter with a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to break a five-game losing streak.

"I assume there won't be pompoms in the future," winning pitcher Andrew Miller said with a smile.

Miller (1-1), activated from the disabled list before the game, won for the first time since June 16. John Baker broke a 2-all tie in the fifth inning with a two-run homer for the Marlins, who scored five of their runs with two out.

The flurry of pompom strands was heaviest in the middle innings, and some players found it distracting.

"Who wants to be playing baseball when there are streamers everywhere?" Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla said. "It wasn't funny. It wasn't fun. It was brutal. When was the last time you've seen that at a baseball game? I understand having a pompom giveaway, but you need to get the right kind of pompoms that don't fall apart."

Most of the strands were launched by kids from the left-field corner behind the Dodgers' bullpen, where a 20-mph wind carried the litter onto the field.

"It doesn't matter to complain, because the Marlins had to deal with it too," Dodgers left fielder Juan Pierre said. "It was funny at first, and then it just got more. After that I didn't even think about it."

The grounds crew hustled between innings to pick up the pompom pieces but couldn't keep up with the volume.

"It wasn't dangerous," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It wasn't like they were throwing Frisbees, or Disco Demolition Night. But it's distracting to the players, because you get all that shiny stuff going through people's line of sight. It's hard enough to hit 94-mph fastballs without glittery stuff blowing around you."

Left field shimmered with silver by the sixth inning, and the home team showed a little sparkle, too. Hanley Ramirez singled, walked, scored a run and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Uggla, who came in batting .182, walked twice, singled, scored a run and had an RBI.

Two unearned runs in the eighth completed the Marlins' scoring.

"We've been needing a win," Uggla said. "We need to get on a roll here. We've had a lot of things not go our way the past two to three weeks, so it was nice to have the ball take some funny hops in our favor."

Miller allowed four walks and four hits but left after five innings with a 4-2 lead. The left-hander had been sidelined nearly four weeks with a strained oblique.

"I don't know that five innings and 98 pitches really deserves a W very often, but I'll take whatever I can get," Miller said. "I'm thankful for everybody that came in behind me and saved my butt."

Four Florida relievers allowed no earned runs in the final four innings. Matt Lindstrom pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.

The Dodgers had won three games in a row.

With the score 2-all, Jeff Weaver (2-1) retired the first two batters in the fifth before Jorge Cantu singled and Baker hit his fifth homer.

The Dodgers' Eric Milton, making his first major league start in two years, threw 84 pitches in four innings and left with the score 2-2. Milton is mounting a comeback from Tommy John surgery in June 2007.

Milton retired the first two batters in the third, then misplaced his control. A walk, a hit batsman and two more walks forced in a run.

"I just wasn't myself," Milton said. "I didn't throw enough strikes and threw too many pitches. It wasn't emotions or nerves; I just didn't have the feel."

Pierre, making his ninth consecutive start in left field in place of suspended Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez, had three hits, stole two bases and scored three times. He raised his average to .406.

Notes

Matt Kemp singled in the fourth to improve to 5 for 5 lifetime against Miller. ... By activating Miller before the game, the Marlins have 13 pitchers. Gonzalez said he needs an extra reliever to spread out the busy bullpen's workload. "If we don't do it, you're going to have some valuable guys in the bullpen done by June," Gonzalez said. ... Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw, who will start Sunday, has a 9.47 ERA in four road starts.
 
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Players of the Game
Florida

J. Baker
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

O. Hudson
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF5330001 .406
Rafael Furcal, SS5001001 .233
Orlando Hudson, 2B2012010 .346
Andre Ethier, RF3010111 .273
Russell Martin, C2010211 .281
James Loney, 1B4000025 .275
Matt Kemp, CF3010110 .295
Casey Blake, 3B3000121 .276
Eric Milton, P1000000 .000
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .167
   a- Xavier Paul, PH1000012 .500
    Brent Leach, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .500
   b- Mark Loretta, PH1000000 .333
Totals3037359  
a-struck out for Weaver in the 6th
b-flied out for Ohman in the 9th
Batting
3B - Juan Pierre (1, Miller)
SF - Orlando Hudson 2 (3)
SH - Eric Milton (1)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (9), Orlando Hudson 2 (23)
SB - Juan Pierre 2 (7, 3rd base off Miller/Baker, 2nd base off Meyer/Baker), Andre Ethier (2, 2nd base off Miller/Baker), Russell Martin (5, 3rd base off Martinez/Baker)
CS - Matt Kemp (2, 2nd base by Miller/Baker)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Rafael Furcal (6, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Eric Milton 4222430 4.50
Jeff Weaver (L,2-1) 1422001 3.38
Brent Leach 1000010 8.10
Ronald Belisario 1.2220010 2.78
Will Ohman 0.1000000 5.56
HBP - Cantu (by Eric Milton)
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Milton 84-43, Jeff Weaver 26-18, Brent Leach 16-9, Ronald Belisario 29-20, Will Ohman 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Milton 4-5, Jeff Weaver 2-1, Ronald Belisario 4-1
Batters Faced - Eric Milton 19, Jeff Weaver 7, Brent Leach 3, Ronald Belisario 8, Will Ohman 1
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B-CF5011020 .265
Chris Coghlan, LF5000001 .174
Hanley Ramirez, SS3110100 .354
Jorge Cantu, 1B3110001 .273
John Baker, C3112120 .277
Dan Uggla, 2B2111200 .187
Jeremy Hermida, RF4120003 .258
Cody Ross, CF3011002 .213
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
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   a- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .229
    Wes Helms, 3B0000000 .238
Andrew Miller, P2000011 .000
    Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Amezaga, CF2101000 .217
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals3368645  
a-grounded out for Nunez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross (5, Milton)
HR - John Baker (5, Weaver)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (8), John Baker 2 (17), Dan Uggla (21), Cody Ross (19), Alfredo Amezaga (5)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (6), John Baker 2 (7), Dan Uggla (11), Cody Ross (9)
SB - Alfredo Amezaga (1, 2nd base off Belisario/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - John Baker (3)
Florida Marlins
Andrew Miller (W,1-1) 5422440 5.94
Carlos Martinez (H,1) 0.2100110 3.86
Dan Meyer (H,6) 1.1210020 1.62
Leo Nunez (H,6) 1000020 2.00
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 6-4, Carlos Martinez 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 2-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 22, Carlos Martinez 4, Dan Meyer 6, Leo Nunez 3, Matt Lindstrom 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25132
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Joe West